Origin: South Korea
What is it made of: Soju is originally made from rice but because of the distilling ban of rice during the Korean War, people started to use alternatives like wheat and sweet potatoes. Most distillers today still use starch even though the ban is lifted.
What does it taste like: Soju tastes neat, without much smell or flavor. But because there’s no strict laws regarding the ingredients that can be used, you’d be sure to get a variety of taste. It’s essentially like vodka but has a gummy feel, a little sweet, and has low alcohol content.
Fun Facts: Despite soju being one of the most best-selling spirit in the world, it’s not well known in America. But this is changing, thanks in part to the rising popularity of Korean culture and food that soju is slowly making its way to the hearts of the public.
Soju brand Jinro is well-loved in this country of hard drinkers, as it sells about 90 million cases per year. Perhaps it’s also one of the police’s main causes of headache as it’s quite normal to see people passed out on the streets. Koreans are such heavy drinkers that they may require daily alcohol detox!